Mike Bushell has returned to Wimbledon this week for more insight into the world’s biggest tennis stars ahead of their upcoming matches. However, t
Mike Bushell has returned to Wimbledon this week for more insight into the world’s biggest tennis stars ahead of their upcoming matches. However, the BBC Breakfast presenter admitted to Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt he was rather unsettled by a rather bizarre new feature to the competition.
The BBC’s chief sport presenter spotted an uncanny owl scarecrow during his visit to Henman Hill on Thursday morning.
Officially named Aorangi Terrace, the Hill overlooks the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, where fans can watch the annual tennis tournament take place.
This year, the grounds had been fitted with moving models of owls to keep other bird intruders at bay.
“One thing that’s slightly unnerving on the Hill this morning, I’ve never seen this before in all my years at Wimbledon,” he said.
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He then conceded: “So far, I have to say, I haven’t seen any pigeons! So, well done owls, they’re working.”
From the BBC studio, Naga chimed in: “There’s also no food for them to pick up anyway. It looks very neat and tidy, Mike.”
However, Mike insisted there was still plenty of litter spread around the green from the day before which wasn’t getting picked up by the camera.
“Oh no, I can see bits of cucumber,” he said as he gestured around the hill.
“There’s some gherkin over there. Yep, there is food, I can vouch for that.
“Making me quite hungry, actually! Not that I’m going to start picking at the cucumbers.”
Naga then burst out laughing when co-presenter Charlie likened Mike to one of the litter-picking Wombles.
Fans at Wimbledon can expect plenty more high-stakes tennis as the day continues with hopefully no pigeons in sight.
BBC Breakfast airs weekdays from 6am on BBC One.